PAINTING WITH CLAY
The ceramic sculptures of Kirsty Macrae are an exploration of gesture, form and colour. Her work draws inspiration from the heritage of eighteenth century English slipware pottery, using it as a starting point to create her own contemporary ceramic sculptures.
Kirsty's ceramic sculptures are strongly influenced by her background as a painter. She creates work that playfully imagines clay as the canvas, both in form and surface. She employs traditional pottery decorative techniques alongside mark-making usually associated with abstract expressionist painting to create a lush, layered surfaces.
Kirsty Macrae graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Painting & Printmaking. She currently lives and works in London.
Drawing is fundamental to Kirsty Macrae's creative process and her sketches play a major role in developing new work. Her work is hand-built, using coils of red earthenware clay to recreate these drawings. The unfired clay is then decorated using a palette of handmade slips (liquid clay) and often incised using a sharp tool.
The form is then slowly dried over the course of several weeks before being bisque fired. A range of glazes and oxide washes are then then applied and the form is fired to 1100 degrees.